The Verdant Homes Team

Scott Friesen
CEO

Mr. Friesen has more than 20 years of international business experience. Scott has started, grown and sold companies since 1998.

Mr. Friesen currently serves as a Managing Partner of Verdant Frontiers, an opportunistic investment and business development firm focused on sourcing, growing and selling businesses in Ethiopia, a rapidly expanding economic frontier. Verdant Frontiers has successfully funded and managed international companies in the media, agriculture and real estate industries. Verdant Real Estate, a subsidiary of Verdant Frontiers, is actively developing diplomatic housing to support Addis Ababa’s robust international community.

Kent Zarbock
President

Kent Zarbock has more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and single family home development. Prior to forming Verdant Homes, Kent spent 20+ years with D.R. Horton, one of the nation’s most prominent single family home builders.

As a Division President for D.R. Horton, Kent led the development of organizational strategy and leadership, improvements in sales and marketing, strategic execution, and financial management. He directed 300+ employees, contractors, and vendors and was responsible for annual sales of up to $450 million as well as an operating budget of over $30 million. Through all of this, he maintained over 95% customer satisfaction rating resulting in an over 21% referral rate.

He grew up in Wisconsin and attained a Business Degree from the University of Minnesota and moved to Texas in 1986 to attend graduate school at Texas A&M. He has a wife of over 20 years and 3 children with the oldest in college. Kent’s called the Austin area home since 1995.

Travis Feste
Construction Manager

Travis has performed exceptionally well as Construction Manager for Verdant Homes, having worked his way up from Assistant Construction Superintendent. He studied communications at Texas A&M University.

Having a servant’s heart, he has previously worked for Daybreak taking care of individuals with different mental and physical disabilities. He has a passion for those who are suffering with handicaps that can make life more challenging.

In his free time, he likes to hike, ski and produce electronic dance music!